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Beef Pudding and Butterwell - Traditional Dishes for a Traditional English Christmas 
My family came from England. My grandparents made what they told us was an old English Christmas dinner. The main dish was called Beef Pudding . The …

German Biscuits 
My Grandmother Foster (nee Day) was born in Lancashire and came to the US in 1911. She always made Christmas cookies that she called German Biscuits. …

How to buy English food when you're living abroad? 
I moved to the US 4 yrs ago and I have tried to find Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney Puddings with no luck!! Do you know of anywhere in the States that sells …

How to serve afternoon tea at its best? 
This question sparked a bit of a debate... but even though there were many opinion, a few things we all agreed on. While there's nothing wrong with …

Using an Australian child car seat in England 
Can I bring my australian car seat with me to england and is it valid / legal? Answer: The UK has strict rules for seats and appropriate safety …

England Travel: Electricity converters for hair dryer and curling iron 
What kind of electric converter do I need for my normal bathroom appliances such as hair dryer and curling iron? Answer: When visiting England from …

Traditional teapots - made in England 
The loss of manufacturing in the UK worries me immensely. I was looking for a traditional teapot and found exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately it was …

English Place Names 
I'd love some more information about place/town names. I find them really interesting, the history and changes that take place. Rachel from Andalucia …

Queen's English vs. American English 
I say potato... What do English people call things that Americans don't? Answer: This is a real fun question. Thanks for asking! Queen's English and …

Traditional English Christmas Desserts 
Most families in England will have a traditional Christmas pudding to finish dinner on Christmas day. Christmas pudding is a rich, dense pudding filled …

English food in the 1800s: What did we eat? 
The simple answer is "lots of meat"! The 1800s (the Regency period of English history) is a time of grand banquets and dinners much more elaborate than …

What good places are there to visit in England? 
I want to know what good places there are in England (the minimum 4). We are doing a project here in my school, and i want to know EVEYRTHING about England. …

king henry the second 
What did King Henry II house look like and what did he eat? Answer: King Henry II was not just King of England, but also Duke of Normandy, Count …

Crumpets vs. English Muffins 
So what IS the difference between crumpets and English muffins? Is there a difference at all? And when are they traditionally eaten? In England, crumpets …

England in 1066 
What did England look like in 1066? Answer: Very different from today - that's for sure. There were far fewer people living in England, and large …

Tipping for a meal Not rated yet
How much money is the typical tip after a meal? Answer. Many restaurants add a service charge to the bill. That tends to be 10-12.5%. You don't …

Wages and Living Costs in England Not rated yet
I have a question that i am having a hard time finding the answer to, the hardest I've had so far about questions concerning England. I'm also honestly …

England Recipes Not rated yet
What are the most loved recipes in England? Answer: That's a really difficult question! There are so many traditional recipes in England, that's …

Exploring the Cotswolds Not rated yet
I would love to visit England, spending most of my time in the Cotswolds. What's the best way to travel around, rent a car maybe? Answer The Cotswolds …

Bringing Pets to England Not rated yet
If moving to england, would cats have to be quarantined and for how long? Also, if horses were flown over would they be quarantined also and for how long? …

Traditional English Recipes: Finding Ingredients Abroad Not rated yet
I live in the States and want to try making an English Christmas Pudding. All of the recipes call for "shredded suet" and "peel", I do not know what either …

Cycling tours and gardens visit Not rated yet
We are a couple of Canadians in the 50's who are considering a self-guided cycling tour through English countryside. We are especially interested in visiting …

Questions about England: Traditional English Food and Bearskin Hats Not rated yet
What is England's traditional food? And what is the hat of the Buckingham Palace guards called? Answer: Don't get me started on the food, or we'll …

Five Important Events in the History of England Not rated yet
What are five important events in the history of England? Answer This is a very difficult question! England's had a very long, eventful history and …

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What is the oldest intact castle in England? Not rated yet
That's actually a rather difficult question, since castles tend to be built and rebuilt over time as weapons and defence tactics develop. We have a …

Why are standing stones built in the west? Not rated yet
Just as different peoples live across Europe today, so were different parts of Europe settled by different peoples in the stone age. The tribes or family …

English Art in the 1800s: What did we draw? Not rated yet
During the Georgian and Regency periods, it was common for the sons of noble and well-to-do families to take a 'Grand Tour' of France, Italy and Greece, …

What is caster sugar? Not rated yet
From a US reader...what is caster sugar? Perhaps it's granulated sugar? Is icing sugar what we call powdered sugar? Thanks! Answer: Caster …

Who was the last English king ? Not rated yet
Who was the last monarch with no blood ties to any nation on either parental side - not Welsh Scottish or any other, just purely English. Answer: …

Royal weddings: English Royal to German Royal? Not rated yet
Did a English Royal ever marry a German Royal? Answer: The answer is yes! The most famous English / German match was undoubtedly the marriage …

Who built Westminster Abbey? Not rated yet
Which king of England built Westminster Abbey? Answer In the early 970s, Saint Dunstan, installed a community of Benedictine monks at Thorn Ey, …

English Christmas Cookies  Not rated yet
What are some popular types of Christmas cookies in England? Do people like gingerbread? Sugar cookies? Peanut butter? Answer: Most English people …

Halloween in England - how do the English celebrate? Not rated yet
When I came to England 20 years ago, Halloween wasn't such a big thing at all. Someone who had been to the US might throw a party for friends and kids, …

Will my Verizon phone work in England? Not rated yet
To find out if your phone will work abroad, it's always best to check with your network provider. Many have partner contracts with providers in other …

How did 1066 change England? Not rated yet
This is a question I love to think about. I've lived through the fall of the Berlin Wall. Life changed rather dramatically at that time, but compared …

Mobile phone tips for travelling in England Not rated yet
Just wanted to pass on some useful information to those going to the UK. (I came back a couple of weeks ago.) If you have TMobile as your cell carrier, …

Games in England in the 1800s Not rated yet
I'm not sure if you mean childrens' games or sports with your question, so I'm sticking with the sports here. The English have always been 'addicted …

Storing luggage while travelling in England Not rated yet
When we come to England in the spring, we will be staying in 3 or 4 places. We are trying to find a "left luggage" place in Alnwick or Durham so we will …

Lemon Curd Not rated yet
I would like to know what lemon curd is used for, when it came about and does anyone have a recipe for it? A true English Lemon Curd... Thank you very …

Transportation in the late 1800s and early 1900s Not rated yet
How did people get around in the late 1800s and early 1900s? Answer: At the beginning of the 19th century, England's transport system was in a bit …

Languages spoken in England? Not rated yet
What are the main languages spoken in England? Answer: England's official language is English. The same goes for the United Kingdom of Great Britain …

Weather in England in the 1800s Not rated yet
What was the weather in England like during the 1800s? Answer: The weather in England is something we're a little obsessed about. But then, it's …

What made you like England in particular? Not rated yet
I just wondered what drew you towards liking England so much as opposed to other countries or other parts of the UK such as Scotland and Wales? Anyway, …

English Expressions: Raining Cats and Dogs? Not rated yet
Expressions (or idioms) allow us an intriguing glance into history. Unfortunately, as with many old expressions, there's a bit of an argument over where …

The oldest castle in England Not rated yet
What is the oldest castle in England I can tour? Answer: That depends a little on your definition of castle . And then, does it need to be complete …

Why is English beer served warm? Not rated yet
While most of the world drinks lager-style beers, in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland ale is very popular. While lagers are bottom-fermented, light-coloured …

How is Christmas celebrated in England? Not rated yet
Christmas has been celebrated in England for over a thousand years and - during this time - the festivities have changed a lot. These days, Christmas …

The best place to see paintings by artist John Constable Not rated yet
Which is the best art gallery to see the works of John Constable? Answer: I'm told that in his lifetime, John Constable sold only about 20 paintings …

Using Traveller's Cheques in the UK Not rated yet
Traveller's cheques were a lot more common a few years back than they are now. Yes, they're still around, but you need to go to a bank or Bureau de …

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Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace Not rated yet
What famous ceremony takes place outside Buckingham palace most days? Answer: That would be the Changing of the Guard. Buckingham Palace is one of …

England Travel
Getting from Gatwick / Heathrow to Wolverhampton or Walsall
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Flying into Gatwick or Heathrow in June from Canada. How do I get to Walsall or Wolverhampton? Answer: From London's airports,you can either go by train …

Alfred the Great Tour? Not rated yet
Is there any sort of Alfred the Great tour or itinerary that would offer insights to this amazing leader and the era in which he lived and ruled? Answer: …

What is the best time to visit England? Not rated yet
I am planning to visit my relatives in England around Christmas time. My mother and father are both from England and they suggest I schedule it for another …

Was Richard the Lionheart wearing armour ? Not rated yet
I have some questions regarding Richard the Lionheart, and Phillip II. First of all was King Richard wearing armour when he was hit or not? Some sites …

Are the English citizens or subjects? Not rated yet
I was brought up in Canada, where it was hammered into us that we were SUBJECTS of His Majesty the King and later the Queen and not a "citizen" like those …

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What is the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
Answer: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rules over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. England, together with Wales and Scotland makes up Great Britain.

Is there a patron saint of England?
Answer: Yes, there is. The dragon-slaying St George is the patron saint of England. He became England's patron saint during the reign of King Edward III. But where did he slay his dragon?

What kinds of small town festivals could I attend that really demonstrate the culture of the people of England (not the biggies, but rather the lesser-knowns)?
Answer: You'll be spoilt for choice because the English love to celebrate their music and produce, their customs, traditions and history. Food festivals, village fetes, ghost hunts or the oldest Olympic games in Europe are all within your grasp.

Do the English really still 'do' afternoon tea?
Answer: Yes, of course. Tea is regarded as a pick-me-up, a relaxant and even a cure-all. We drink thousands of cups a day! For most people in England drinking tea will not be an elaborate affair every day, but for special occasions, or when on holiday, we do like to push the boat out and do the thing properly.
Hotels and tea shops all over England serve 'traditional' afternoon tea and that's where most visitors will first experience it. Try to do this at least once while you're here. You won't be disappointed.

What's the weather like in England? Does it rain all the time?
Answer: No, of course it does not rain all the time! We'd never get any strawberries to ripen if it did! That said, the weather can change quickly and you need to be prepared to have the odd rainy day during your trip.